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Re: XML Protocol specification conformance issues

From: Hugo Haas <hugo@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2001 14:07:45 -0500
To: xml-dist-app@w3.org, Henrik Frystyk Nielsen <henrikn@microsoft.com>
Message-ID: <20010326140745.U1243@jibboom.w3.org>
* Michael Brennan <Michael_Brennan@Allegis.com> [2001-03-23 19:12-0800]
> Another useful link: http://www.xmethods.net/soapbuilders/interop.html

I have added this link to the document. However, I wonder if it should
be part of the conformance document[2] or of the specification issues
list[3]. The conformance tests should basically be extra careful on
the points listed, but confusion might have arisen because the
SOAP 1.1 specification was unclear about some things.

Henrik, I think it's worth adding a "spec clarity check" issue with a
pointer to this list[4].

> I'd like to see conformance to RFC 3023 on XML Media
> (http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc3023.txt) added to conformance issues.
> Very few developers understand character encoding issues, and the level of
> compliance for existing SOAP toolkits (and other XML messaging toolkits) to
> relevant specs is abysmal, at present. See for instance the anecdotal
> observation of one developer that only 4% of the SOAP requests his server is
> receiving are identifying the character encoding in a manner comforming to
> the XML Media RFC:
> http://discuss.develop.com/archives/wa.exe?A2=ind0103&L=soap&F=&S=&P=44430
> 
> I understand there has been some controversy over RFC 3023, but in my mind,
> if we are going to have protocols piggybacking on top of HTTP and MIME, they
> better be doing so in a manner conforming to those standards (unless the W3C
> elects to offer explicit guidance for handling this in another manner).
> 
> The ebXML spec is taking the appropriate approach to offering explicit
> guidance to developers in this regard, IMO:
> http://discuss.develop.com/archives/wa.exe?A2=ind0103&L=soap&D=0&P=45013

These comments are more related to the protocol specification than to
the conformance tests, and Henrik replied to that already.

  2. http://www.w3.org/2000/xp/Group/1/03/xmlprotocol-conformance
  3. http://www.w3.org/2000/xp/Group/xmlp-issues
  4. http://www.xmethods.net/soapbuilders/interop.html
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